2012 Vauxhall Astra unveiled

* Face-lifted Vauxhall Astra range * Updated styling; more high-tech options * Prices unchanged; deliveries from September...

15 June 2012

2012 Vauxhall Astra unveiled

This is the 2012 Vauxhall Astra, which has updated styling and is available with more high-tech kit and a new diesel engine.

Astra hatchback and Sports Tourer models have a new look, with a restyled front bumper and grille. There are also new front indicators and foglights. At the rear, there's a new bootlid panel and an additional chrome moulding.

The Astra GTC's styling is unchanged, but it gains the option of a new Biturbo model, which has a twin-turbo diesel engine. The 2.0-litre unit develops 192bhp and 295lb ft of torque, giving a 0-60mph time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 139mph. Average fuel economy is 53.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 139g/km.

There's a 995 premium for the Biturbo over the 2.0 CDTi 163bhp model. As well as the boost in power it gains bespoke 18-inch alloys, climate control, lowered suspension, a new bodykit and upgraded interior trim.

2012 Astra Sports Tourer has updated front and rear styling

A range of options has been added to the Astra range. The new Driver Assistance Pack costs 750 and includes forward-collision-alert, following-distance-indictor and lane-departure-warning and traffic-sign-recognition systems.

Face-lift includes new front bumper and grille

There's also a new rear-view camera, winter pack and LED daytime running light options, plus three new exterior colours: Sculpture Bronze, Phantom Grey and Deep Sky. The Astra's standard DAB radio system has been upgraded, too.

New Astra GTC BiTurbo has a 192bhp diesel engine

Prices for the 2012 Vauxhall Astra are unchanged. The updated models are available to order now, with first deliveries expected in September.

Leo Wilkinson